UMass President Jack M. Wilson Inducted into USDLA Hall of Fame as Distance Education Pioneer

UMass President Jack M. Wilson Inducted into USDLA Hall of Fame as Distance Education Pioneer

BOSTON, MA University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson was inducted this week into the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Hall of Fame and recognized as an outstanding pioneer in distance education. In the award ceremony in San Francisco, California, Dr. Wilson was one of six individuals honored for their work in distance education. Every year USDLA recognizes individuals who have demonstrated vision, leadership and excellence in the distance learning industry.

Dr. John G. Flores, Executive Director of USDLA commented, "Dr. Jack Wilson's contributions to the distance learning industry represent continued best practices and excellence over many years. Dr. Wilson's commitment, service and dedication is well respected throughout the entire distance learning industry."

Prior to becoming President of the University of Massachusetts system, Dr. Wilson was founding CEO of UMassOnline where he worked with the five UMass campuses to build UMassOnline into one of the largest externally directed online programs in the United States. He is a well-known entrepreneur and distance educator, co-founder of LearnLinc Corporation (now Mentergy), has received numerous awards, authored many scholarly articles and books and has served as a consultant to many computing and communication firms.

According to Wilson, "UMassOnline's continued success is evidence that the University of Massachusetts is meeting a critical need and that our faculty and campuses are fully engaged in highly innovative, collaborative efforts to create new learning options for our citizens."

"Jack Wilson is one of the true pioneers in the field of distance learning," said David Gray, the CEO of UMassOnline. "Early on, Jack grasped the power that the Web had to transform learning and to create new educational opportunities for people who couldn't participate otherwise. Jack led UMassOnline through a period of unprecedented growth and we are fortunate to have his continued support as President."

About the USDLA: The United States Distance Learning Association is a nonprofit association formed in 1987. The association's purpose is to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. The constituents served include Pre-K through 12 education, higher education, home schooling, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training and telehealth.

With national headquarters located in Boston, MA, USDLA has become the leading source of information and recommendations for government agencies, Congress, industry and those entering into the development of distance learning programs.

About UMassOnline: UMassOnline, the University of Massachusetts' system online education consortium, delivers accredited, online programs from UMass Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and UMass Medical School via interactive, Web-based learning systems. Online programs are closely coupled with their face-to-face counterparts enabling UMassOnline to offer fully accredited (NEASC) and nationally-recognized programs online. Created by the University President and Board of Trustees in 2001 to serve community educational needs and increase access to a UMass education, UMassOnline supported 16,405 enrollments and generated $15 million in revenue in the 2004 calendar year.

Date: 10/14/04